Governor's signing decisions – Key land-use bills plus picks from the SGF 'Greatest Hits'


In this review of Governor Brown's signing and veto decisions, which by law were due September 30, we start with outcomes on some bills previously covered by CP&DR during the year, then move on to excerpts from the "Greatest Hits" list maintained by Senate Governance and Finance Committee staff:

Within a day of his deadline for signing decisions, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 2280 late September 29. Carried by Assemblymember Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, AB 2280 would have revived redevelopment-style tax-increment financing in narrowly chosen urban areas, with 25% affordable housing set-asides, to bring back a narrowly focused form of tax-increment financing usable in populous cities.

AB 2280 had passed the Legislature after extended negotiations among business, local government, and housing advocates.(See The bill represented the latest attempt by the Legislature to revive redevelopment in a more limited form – and the second time in the last three years that Brown has vetoed such a bill. (There was no veto last year because Senate leader Darrell Steinberg chose not to forward a bill to Brown’s desk.)

In the same signing/veto list issued late September 29, Brown vetoed other redevelopment bills including Steinberg's SB 1129 post-Redevelopment cleanup measure. He also vetoed Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins' AB 1999 historic rehabilitation tax credit and Assemblymember Jose Medina's AB 1399 California New Markets Tax Credit. See

Brown's veto messages are linked from the announcement press releases. The AB 2280 veto message reads in part, "I applaud the author's efforts to create an economic development program, with voter approval, that focuses on disadvantaged communities and communities with high unemployment. The bill, however, unnecessarily vests this new program in redevelopment law. I look forward to working with the author to craft an appropriate legislative solution."

Brown sounded even less pleased with AB 2493, saying "The cost to the general fund to backfill schools could be significant, to the tune of $500 million."

For details on AB 2280's history and surrounding politics, see comparisons mentioned in CP&DR's prior coverage of SB 628, which the Governor signed on September 29. (See prior coverage at Appeals to Brown to sign AB 2280 had been published by a politically broad coalition of business and housing advocates on the League of California Cities site at, and by top officers of the American Planning Association's California chapter at

Some of this year's major land use bills that were signed or awaiting signature this month are discussed more fully in past CP&DR news briefs at and They include:


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